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May 30, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There would be no rescue by the weather (Monday's ominous clouds refused to release any rain) and no random knee injury suffered by his opponent at a crucial juncture (at '99 Wimbledon). So, Pete Sampras gamely pressed on, slipping and sliding on his unnatural habitat, the red clay of Roland Garros. His socks were dirty. Same with his shorts. He was doing what everyone had been telling him about clay, serving and volleying with increased regularity.
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June 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
— Sweet 16 for Serena Williams came courtesy of yet another ace, an exclamation point drilled into the red clay on the last point of the match. The sizzling serve sealed her 16th Grand Slam title and her place, at age 31, at the pinnacle of women's tennis. In a much-anticipated showdown Saturday between the world's No. 1 and No. 2 female players, Williams took on Maria Sharapova, the reigning titleholder, at the French Open. But Williams' 6-4, 6-4 victory, a career-best 31st in a row, underlined the distance between her and the rest of the pack, which has struggled to match her power, speed and variety since last summer.
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January 30, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia -- With Maria Sharapova having dominated the field at the Australian Open, the focus will soon turn to Paris, where a victory in the French Open would give her a career Grand Slam by age 21, and keep alive her chances for the much rarer calendar-year Slam. History suggests it will not be easy. Sharapova has never even reached the final of an event on clay, a surface that neutralizes her best qualities, serve and power.
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May 25, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Serena Williams has won the French Open only once, and that was 11 years ago . . . and yet it is difficult to find anyone to pick against her this year. The 31-year-old Williams, winner of 15 major titles including the 2012 U.S. Open, is on a 24-match winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the world. Last summer, after being upset in the first round of the French Open (it happens), she went on to win Wimbledon and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles before the Open. And she seemed on the way to winning the 2013 Australian Open before being upset by 17-year-old American Sloane Stephens in the semifinals.
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July 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
Boris Becker's latest bid for his first 1992 victory on clay ended abruptly Tuesday as the German was beaten, 6-3, 6-4, by Frenchman Olivier Delaitre in the $1.04-million Grand Prix tournament at Stuttgart, Germany. Delaitre needed only 83 minutes to dispose of Becker, the world's sixth-ranked player, disappointing the partisan crowd of 6,000. Russia's Andrei Olhovskiy, who stunned top-seeded Jim Courier at Wimbledon, beat Henri Leconte, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (12-10).
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May 25, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Serena Williams has won the French Open only once, and that was 11 years ago . . . and yet it is difficult to find anyone to pick against her this year. The 31-year-old Williams, winner of 15 major titles including the 2012 U.S. Open, is on a 24-match winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the world. Last summer, after being upset in the first round of the French Open (it happens), she went on to win Wimbledon and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles before the Open. And she seemed on the way to winning the 2013 Australian Open before being upset by 17-year-old American Sloane Stephens in the semifinals.
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July 16, 1993 | From Associated Press
After dethroning the defending champion United States, Australia will face a change of surface today when it meets Italy in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. The Australians must adjust their powerful grass-court game to the red clay of the Cascine Club of Florence, while Italy must cope without the services of its top player. Also in quarterfinal action this weekend, India visits France, Sweden plays at the Netherlands and the Czech Republic plays at Germany.
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June 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
— Sweet 16 for Serena Williams came courtesy of yet another ace, an exclamation point drilled into the red clay on the last point of the match. The sizzling serve sealed her 16th Grand Slam title and her place, at age 31, at the pinnacle of women's tennis. In a much-anticipated showdown Saturday between the world's No. 1 and No. 2 female players, Williams took on Maria Sharapova, the reigning titleholder, at the French Open. But Williams' 6-4, 6-4 victory, a career-best 31st in a row, underlined the distance between her and the rest of the pack, which has struggled to match her power, speed and variety since last summer.
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June 22, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN
Gustavo Kuerten and Alex Corretja, the French Open champion and runner-up, are passing up Wimbledon. Kuerten says he has a groin injury. Corretja says he has a leg injury. The biggest injury both have is to their egos. What they have is too much red clay stuck to their brains. That stuff must be clogging their sense of reason.
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November 11, 1990 | BARBARA MORAN, Moran is a San Diego free-lance writer
It's shortly after dawn in rural eastern San Diego County. Awakened by pink streaks of sunrise, former home builder Joseph Diliberti rises from the mattress on the floor of his ceramic dome house to begin another day. He meditates, draws well water, showers from a bucket and goes out to tend his garden. On other such mornings, he might ride his bike, fish, swim or read.
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March 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Rafael Nadal had a spirited practice session Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open. He played with former Russian top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny, and crowds crammed four deep around the court trying catch a glimpse of one of the players. "Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, sign this, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa. " There's your clue. The draw was Nadal, the 26-year-old Spaniard who is ranked fifth in the world and who is playing his first hard-court tournament since Miami 11 months ago. Nadal missed the Olympics and the U.S. Open last year and this year's first major tournament, the Australian Open, because of knee tendinitis.
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March 18, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
It is not merely the laws of tennis that Roger Federer is defying. It is the laws of nature, of logic, of aging and human endurance. He is 30 years old and is amused when that is even brought up. They make movies about bionic men. Federer should star in the next one. When he beat John Isner in Sunday's BNP Paribas Open final, it wasn't so much that he won, but that his winning appears to foreshadow more of the same. And that it continues on a level of tennis that demands a near-perfect body more than a near-perfect forehand.
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May 16, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The French Open begins this weekend, and the toast of tennis is not Rafael Nadal. The man who has owned the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris since he first stepped on it in 2005 is now owned by somebody else. Astonishingly, the favorite to win the men's singles title, second of the four majors of the year, is a Serb with a rock jaw, sharply angled face and a backhand and forehand that have hit every line from every angle for the last six months. Novak Djokovic has arrived.
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May 24, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
The red clay on the various European tennis courts might just lie there all listless and expressionless in a dead-on impersonation of dirt, but the savants long since swear the different clays of the different cities possess different personalities.
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January 30, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia -- With Maria Sharapova having dominated the field at the Australian Open, the focus will soon turn to Paris, where a victory in the French Open would give her a career Grand Slam by age 21, and keep alive her chances for the much rarer calendar-year Slam. History suggests it will not be easy. Sharapova has never even reached the final of an event on clay, a surface that neutralizes her best qualities, serve and power.
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May 27, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
So very long ago, when the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, Venus and Serena Williams played a French Open final the next day. Both players won. Serena won by 7-5, 6-3, after trailing, 5-3. Venus won by grabbing a camera, joining the photographers' corps and snapping pictures of Serena with her trophy. Serena and Venus won with that unmistakable residue of good parenting plus their first assumption of the top two spots in the world rankings.
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May 30, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pete Sampras got a glimpse of rock bottom Tuesday at the French Open, and it looked suspiciously familiar. His forehand was flying long, his serve was missing and his movements were suspect. Even his champion-like aura was rubbed out by the red clay. "Anything else?" Sampras said. Well, yeah. Counting his mistakes could take almost as long as his 3-hour 12-minute first-round match on the show court Suzanne Lenglen, scene of many five-set disasters. Sampras turns mortal on clay.
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June 10, 1985 | JERRY COHEN, Times Staff Writer
Mats Wilander, a nerveless, relentless 20-year-old Swede, picked apart defending champion Ivan Lendl in Roland Garros Stadium here Sunday to win the men's championship in the French Open for the second time. The score--3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2--was no indication of Wilander's mastery over the 25-year-old Czech. His triumph was an upset of sorts, since he was seeded fourth and Lendl second, but it was not one of monumental proportions.
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June 19, 2006 | Brian Hanrahan and Ellen Alperstein, Times Staff Writers
Georgia has passed one of the most far-reaching anti-illegal immigration bills in the country, and although it hasn't taken effect yet, the law apparently is having an impact: Latinos aren't as interested in buying homes in the state as they used to be. One Atlanta-area real estate agent who works with Latino customers says calls to her office have fallen from about 10 a day to two. Other agents tell of clients backing out of deals or considering doing so.
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June 22, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN
Gustavo Kuerten and Alex Corretja, the French Open champion and runner-up, are passing up Wimbledon. Kuerten says he has a groin injury. Corretja says he has a leg injury. The biggest injury both have is to their egos. What they have is too much red clay stuck to their brains. That stuff must be clogging their sense of reason.
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